Stone Soup is a print and ebook magazine written and illustrated by young writers and artists. William Rubel and Gerry Mandel began the magazine in 1973 in Santa Cruz, California. It is published six times a year, in January, March, May, July, September, and November. The goal of the magazine is to inspire children by highlighting the best work made by their peers. As well as a magazine, Stone Soup is a nonprofit organization called the Children’s Art Foundation. The Children’s Art Foundation collection has over 1000 high quality art prints from children from over 36 countries across the world. Interview with Stone Soup Editor Gerry Mandel
What is it like to be a magazine that works with children?
William Rubel and I started Stone Soup when we were 20-year-old college students at UC Santa Cruz. We’re now in our 41st year of publication. We have always worked with children, so it’s just normal for us. We don’t really “work” with kids, except when it comes to soliciting illustrations for Stone Soup. I ask child artists to send me examples of their work. When I make a match between a story and an illustrator, I do work closely with the illustrator. Through experience I have found that most child artists work best with a detailed assignment, including a detailed description of the scenes I want illustrated. I have also found that it’s important to cc the parent on all communications. A supportive family is helpful for getting the assignment done and mailed to us by our deadline.
What do you look for in your submissions?